Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions, that we hope will help, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, just get in touch and we will be happy to assist.
Loft Conversion FactsFact 1 NOT all loft conversions require Planning Permission. Fact 2 All loft conversions DO require Building Control approval. Fact 3 You DON’T need to move out of your property whilst having your loft converted.
Does my loft have enough head room to be converted?Most lofts can be converted but what is crucial is that there is enough achievable headroom. Ideally you need around 2.3m (7 feet 6 inches) to start with from the existing ceiling joists to the apex of the loft, but it is still achievable with slightly less height. If you aren’t sure whether you have enough height, give us a call.
How much will the loft conversion cost?
This is not an easy question to answer without taking a look at your property first, and that’s why we offer a free, fully detailed and all-inclusive loft conversion quote which we send to you soon after carrying out a survey; it costs nothing to find out!
Typically loft conversions start around £24,000 and can head up to anywhere in the region of £80,000 depending on the property and the scale of the work.
How long will the conversion take?
This depends on the type of loft conversion but typically:
- A Velux Loft Conversion around 4/5 weeks
- A Dormer Loft Conversion around 7 weeks
- An L-shaped Dormer Loft Conversion around 8 weeks
- A Hip to gable Loft Conversion around 7/8 weeks
- A Hip to gable w/rear dormer around 9/10 weeks
Is Planning Permission needed for my loft conversion?
Under new regulations that came into effect from 1 October 2008 a loft conversion for your house is likely to be considered under “permitted development” which will not require Planning Permission. This is subject to certain limits and conditions.
Any properties in conservation areas, areas of outstanding natural beauty, national parks or listed buildings will require Planning Permission, as will Flat/Maisonettes (as these have no permitted development rights.)
What do I need to do next?
Your next move is to get in touch to arrange a no obligation, feasibility study to determine the practicality and options for your loft conversion. Please contact us today on 01273 870510.
What guarantee does Amazing Space give?
We give a 3 year guarantee for the main structural elements of the loft conversion.
Will I need smoke detectors?
To comply with Building Regulations our electricians fit interlinked smoke detectors at each level, where necessary to comply with fire regulations.
These smoke alarms are mains hardwired and have standby battery backup power supply.
Shall I move out during the loft conversion?
Almost all of our customers stay at the property throughout the build. Our team will do their best to keep mess and disruption to an absolute minimum.
My stairs at ground floor level enter into an open-plan arrangement, what happens here?
If you have an open-plan layout, you could put in walls to separate your stairs from any rooms, and link them to an escape route to the outside.
Dormer cladding - what are the options available? Do we have a choice of finishes?
Yes there are a number of choices to choose from, however, if the loft conversion is being built under Permitted Development, the dormer should be clad with tiles in similar/matching colour to your existing roof.
Usually they have to match or be similar to your current roof.